Details and symbols used by the New Zealand mosque attacker reveal much about the toxic belief system behind the massacre that claimed the lives of 49 people on March 15th, according to AP. The self-proclaimed racist, an Australian male, 28-years old, who attacked a New Zealand mosque conducting Friday prayers, opened fire with rifles covered in white-supremacist graffiti and listened to a song glorifying a Bosnian Serb war criminal.
Understanding the motivations behind the incident, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as "one of New Zealand's darkest days”, seems to be difficult. According to AP, the shooter used a Serb soundtrack featuring destructive European nationalist and religious conflict, also glorifying criminals. The song, from the 1992-95 war that tore apart Yugoslavia, glorifies Serbian fighters and Bosnian Serb political leader, Radovan Karadzic, who was jailed at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands for genocide and other war crimes against Bosnian Muslims. After he finished the massacre, the gunman returned to his car and played the song "Fire" by English rock band "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown", bellowing, “I am the god of hellfire!"
Number 14 is also seen on the gunman's rifles which refers to "14 Words," which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, is a white supremacist slogan linked to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf." The name of Charles Martel was also on the weapons. Martel was a Frenchman who the Southern Poverty Law Centre says white supremacists credit with, "saving Europe by defeating an invading Muslim force at the Battle of Tours in 734."
In photographs from a now deleted Twitter account associated with the suspect that match the weaponry seen in his live-streamed video, there is a reference to "Vienna 1683," the year the Ottoman Empire suffered a defeat in their siege of the city at the Battle of Kahlenberg. "Acre 1189," a reference to the Crusades, is also on the guns.